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Giant Syrian Opposition Flag Unfurled Under The Eiffel Tower

EUROPE 1, FRANCE TV INFO (France)

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PARIS - Supporters of the Syrian opposition movement unfurled a huge flag smeared with blood under the Eiffel Tower on Friday, France TV Info reports.

The red, white and green flag with three red stars is the former flag of Syria, used before the 1963 Ba'athist coup. It has been adopted by the Syrian National Council and the Free Syrian Army as their official flag.

According to the Europe 1 radio station, two activists climbed a scaffolding to tie the 30-meter long flag from the Eiffel Tower's first floor. A banner read "21.000 dead, 65.000 missing, 2 million displaced. Those are criminal Assad's promised reforms." A second banner read "7 billion accomplices, 0 real true reaction, 1 single hope: our brave Free Syrian army."

French activist group France Syrie Democratie claimed responsibility for the action, aimed at raising support for the Syrian population in the international community.

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Parenthood And The Pressure Of Always Having To Be Doing Better

As a father myself, I'm now better able to understand the pressures my own dad faced. It's helped me face my own internal demands to constantly be more productive and do better.

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Father and son in the streets of Madrid, Spain

Ignacio Pereyra*

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When I was a child — I must have been around eight or so — whenever we headed with my mom and grandma to my aunt's country house in Don Torcuato, outside of Buenos Aires, there was the joy of summer plans. Spending the day outdoors, playing soccer in the field, being in the swimming pool and eating delicious food.

But when I focus on the moment, something like a painful thorn appears in the background: from the back window of the car I see my dad standing on the sidewalk waving us goodbye. Sometimes he would stay at home. “I have to work” was the line he used.

Maybe one of my older siblings would also stay behind with him, but I'm sure there were no children left around because we were all enthusiastic about going to my aunt’s. For a long time in his life, for my old man, those summer days must have been the closest he came to being alone, in silence (which he liked so much) and in calm, considering that he was the father of seven. But I can only see this and say it out loud today.

Over the years, the scene repeated itself: the destination changed — it could be a birthday or a family reunion. The thorn was no longer invisible but began to be uncomfortable as, being older, my interpretation of the events changed. When words were absent, I started to guess what might be happening — and we know how random guessing can be.

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